#Buddhism #Christianity #Islam: Time for a New Religion…

At their best Buddhism, Christianity and Islam are the head, heart and muscle of the One True Religion (as yet unnamed), the bush of which they all beat around furiously, passionately and mindfully, Buddhism with its ‘many books’ and philosophical approach, Christianity with its Sermon on the Mount and “Love Your Neighbor” One Best Commandment, Islam with its Qur’an Third Testament to the Torah, the Tales of Jesus, and much much more, maybe the greatest one book of all religions which includes all the others on a good day, whether in chapter or verse, sutra or suture…

At their worst they degenerate into Buddhist passivity, purple passion and pragmatism of the worst kind, thousands of pragmatists plying the streets of Bangkok on any given night, sucking from the rich and giving to the kids, and parents, and anyone who’ll listen to the sad tales of femmes fatales and homos erectus…

The Christian ethic of love degenerates into sex, insobriety, and the capitalist ethic of mahketing, dahling, making you think you need something that you really don’t, all for the mindless ‘growth’ that will move us all farther down the road toward the cliff we’re driving to headlong in Jags and Mercedes with a million other singers and actors for hire, smiles worth a million along Madison Avenue…

Islamic calls to prayer and willful surrender—to God—degenerates into forced surrender of women—to their husbands, his muscles gone shabby flabby and fixed, single-mindedly, into misogyny, machismo and the mischief of mayhem, suicide rather than fight battles he can’t win, control his wife if he can’t control his life, and bring down the world if he can’t raise himself up…

Hinduism and Judaism long ago became nationalist religions rather than reform, though they spawned most of the others, including Jainism, in the process, the trend from multiplicity to monotheism implicit in the process. Monotheism is good. Why? Otherwise, religion itself degenerates into a ‘the more the better’ mentality, people counting gods and goddesses, crosses and converts rather than charity and forgiveness, mindfulness and meditation. Religion should be qualitative, not quantitative. But only Islam deliberately forgoes the face, and kudos to it for that. I refuse to pray to a face.

There is no quibble with Science; that false dichotomy is poison candy for people too lazy to think, too perverse to pray, and too arrogant to compromise on points which can’t be proven anyway, none of them. Science is about proofs—simple; religion is about beliefs—simple. The two may dance and interact, but ultimately each can live without the other.

To test and require proofs of experience is good, and so are the fruits, though few if any of those proofs are metaphysical standards, simply working theories. To believe in something(s) also is good. My own personal trinity consists of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, though others could certainly work well enough. Any religion that quibbles with Science is best avoided—and vice-versa.

The One True Religion would combine the best of all the others. It should also give a vision of a sustainable future, a city of God that is also a city of Man, something sorely lacking in today’s art and architectural forms and forums, though certainly better than the religious ones. Ever notice how every film about the future could best be described as ‘post-apocalyptic’? It doesn’t have to be that way. Let’s get creative, people, before it’s too late…

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